Ten minutes into the game, the fans in attendance at Sports Center Arena erupted in celebration as senior wing Tyler Scott (6'3") shot a two-pointer to give the Pensacola Christian College Eagles an 11-10 go-ahead score over Bob Jones University on Friday evening in Pensacola. PCC's student body had determined before the game to watch in silence until the Eagles scored 10 points.
As BJU built an 8-2 early lead, PCC students watched in near silence—staying quiet until the Eagles put 10 on the scoreboard. When the Eagles soared back to take an 11-10 lead, the Sports Center Arena came alive with deafening cheers, energizing the Eagles.
From that moment on, PCC never looked back, going on to win 81-68 and improving their win-loss total to 15-12 on the season. The Eagles have now won five consecutive games and will close out the regular season on the road next week (March 2) against Concordia College in Alabama.
The game, dubbed a blue out, marked the final home appearance for all of PCC's seniors. Five of the Eagles' six seniors, guard Evan Templeton (6'1"), wing Brent Stickles (6'2"), guard David Cratty (5'11"), post James Parks (6'6") and Scott started the game, with fellow senior post Adam Pahlsson (6'2") coming off the bench to score 14 points and securing 7 rebounds.
The Eagles thrived near the net, scoring 52 points in the paint, and their "bench" scored 58 points, as the regular starters trickled in throughout the game. Junior post Jon Andrews (6'9") led the team with 17 points, and junior post Mike Goetsch (6'6") notched 8 rebounds, a game high.
The Eagles went 34-of-60 (56.7%) on field goals and 11-of-23 (47.8%) on free throws, earning a victory over the Bruins by an 13-point margin. With the win, the Eagles qualified for the NCCAA South Region Playoffs and will play their first game against Southern Wesleyan University on Thursday (March 7) at 12:00 p.m. in Franklin Springs, GA.